Definition of bounden in English:


  • archaic past participle of bind


  • a (or one's) bounden duty

    • A responsibility regarded by oneself or others as obligatory.

      ‘his bounden duty to respond to the call for help’
      • ‘Or would they regard it as their bounden duty to safeguard the state and prevent more of their citizens from being annihilated by all possible means?’
      • ‘Consequently, it is the bounden duty of the Centre to ensure that no State acts unilaterally.’
      • ‘The waste of a country's most precious assets - the talent and energy of its people - makes it the bounden duty of government to seek a real and lasting cure.’
      • ‘Mostly so far I have been failing in my bounden duty.’
      • ‘I hope, Helen, you won't think it your bounden duty to compose your face and manners.’
      • ‘I'm sorry to have to be writing in such a tone, but facts are facts and the undeniable fact is that the traders have just walked away and abandoned what I believe is their bounden duty of contributing towards the Christmas lights.’
      • ‘It was the bounden duty of the hierarchy to make the necessary arrangements even to help them get some refreshments for the players after the match.’
      • ‘To be in service of the country's destiny is the Government's honour and its bounden duty.’
      • ‘Jonathan, too, held it his bounden duty to entertain me with his lighter anecdotes of his travels on the Continent, and I began to feel more kindly towards him than I had for the past twelve months.’
      • ‘Some may even forget that they have an inner self and it is their bounden duty to protect and nurture it for a peaceful life.’